- John L. Allen Jr.
- Nov 20, 2019
On Tuesday, the Vatican released a document on the relationship between the hierarchy and the “new movements,” meaning primarily lay groups that have been born mostly in the last century and had their real growth since Vatican II. Here’s a rundown of some basic questions and answers about the movements and where things stand for them in the Church.
Catholics may be tempted to see June’s “Holy and Great Council” of the Orthodox churches as having nothing to do with them, but that’s a serious mistake. Catholics have an investment in whether the Orthodox get their act together for theological, pastoral, and political reasons.
Critical essays about Poland and Hungary were removed from a European bishops’ web site, but it won’t be so easy to scrub what Francis says and does out of the public imagination.
The scandal surrounding the founder of a powerful Catholic movement in Peru illustrates that “lay empowerment” in the Church without accountability is still a form of window-dressing.